Many individuals do not realize both the frequency and seriousness of dog bite attacks. They can result in personal injuries that include everything from scratches to permanent damage. In fact, a very young girl and previous client of our office suffered permanent disfigurement to her face as a result of a dog bite attack. The young girl now has a scar on her face that will be with her for the rest of her life.
While we have all heard of dog bites occurring, many do not know the steps to take after being bitten. Included in The Ohio Dog Bite Book, a resource our personal injury lawyers wrote for victims of dog bite attacks, is a list of quick tips that victims should know. One of the tips is that the victim of their family should notify the authorities after a dog bite occurs. You should contact the police or a dog warden so the appropriate reports can be made regarding the attack. It is also required that all dog bites are reported to the local health department. If you notify the police and fill out a report, they will also notify the health department.
Our personal injury lawyers recommend that anyone who is bitten by a dog first seek medical treatment for the resulting injuries and then report the dog bite attack to the police.
Injured in Dog Bite Attack
Some of the other tips included in The Ohio Dog Bite Book include the following:
- Contact a personal injury lawyer – call a lawyer who is experienced in dog bite attack cases and can help you to follow the appropriate steps toward a dog bite injury claim.
- Do not rush to settle your claim – it is important not to rush the settlement process. Our personal injury lawyers recommend completing medical treatment before doing so. You may find out that your injury requires more medical treatment than initially expected and if you rush to settle your claim, you could end up not receiving the full amount of compensation that you deserve.
- Allow your personal injury lawyer to communicate with the insurance adjuster – do not underestimate the insurance adjuster. Dealing with legal claims is their full time job so it is important to have your personal injury lawyer handle all communication with the insurance adjuster when it comes to your dog bite claim. We also remind dog bite victims to not give a statement to the insurance adjuster without consulting with their lawyer first.
When it comes to dog bite claims, we cannot stress enough how important it is to have a personal injury lawyer handling your claim. It not only positions you to receive a better settlement in the long run, but also reduces the stress that is put onto you throughout the process. Having an experienced lawyer who has handled similar dog bite cases to yours will act in your favor as they know the legal process and the steps to take to maximize your compensation.
Dog Bite Lawyers
To speak to one of the dog bite lawyers at our personal injury law office, call 800.637.8170. When calling the Charles E. Boyk Law Office, you have the opportunity to speak directly to an attorney about your case and to receive advice on the steps that you should take. You can also request your free copy of The Ohio Dog Bite Book to serve as your legal guide when calling into our office, or order your copy online.